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Discover The Beauty of K’gari (Fraser Island)

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it’s tough to find a place that lets you truly switch off and unwind.

Thankfully, the tranquil beauty of the World Heritage-listed K’gari (Fraser Island) offers the perfect place to recharge and relax.

As the world’s largest sand island, K’gari (Fraser Island) is undoubtedly a genuine paradise.

In fact, ‘Paradise’ is the literal translation of the island’s name, K’gari!

Alongside the breathtaking beauty, the island also offers a wonderful array of attractions for visitors, making it popular with tourists from throughout the world.

K'gari (Fraser Island - Forest

 

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A brief history of K’gari

The Traditional Owners of K’gari are the Butchulla people, with historians estimating that they have lived amongst the stunning landscape for upwards of 50,000 years.

Having always focused on care and respect for nature, the Butchulla people continue to live in harmony amongst the seasons, land, and sea today.

The 166,000-hectare island is a place of natural beauty, with the stunning coastline, rainforests, sand dunes, and perched lakes slowly forming over thousands of years.

For visitors today, the region is a space to escape the busy world, switch off their phones, and connect to the world.

K'gari (Fraser Island) - Nautalis Shell

The best things to do on K’gari

As one of the best tourist spots in Australia, K’gari (Fraser Island) is packed with a vast array of cultural activities suitable for all the family.

Some of the most popular include:

1. Take a trip to Lake McKenzie

While the island is surrounded by incredible beaches, a trip to Lake McKenzie should be on everyone’s list. Formed thousands of years ago, this unique lake features sand that is 98% silica, which means it is not only the whitest sand you will ever see, but it also reflects the sunlight, ensuring it remains cool to touch.

This unique sand also offers increased filtration of rainwater, helping to give the water the iconic azure colour recognised across the globe.

2. Check out the eastern sand dunes

Taking a trip to Eli Creek on the Eastern side of the island is the perfect opportunity to see the stunning sand dunes, and the incredible coloured sand the region offers.

Thanks to the leaching of oxides, each grain of sand on K’gari comes in an array of different colours with 72 shades found across the island.

3. Absorb the views from Indian Head

For thousands of years, the Traditional Owners of K’gari have climbed the island’s most northerly point, Indian Head, to take in the gorgeous viewpoints.

Arguably one of the best views on the entire island, Indian Head offers stunning sights across not only the land but across the sea, too, where it is not uncommon to see humpback whales.

4. Visit the rainforests

Driving from Eurong Beach along to Kingfisher Bay will reveal the stunning rainforest, the only place in the world where tall forests grow on sand dunes!

Growing to great heights, these trees have been growing for thousands of years and walking through them is an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime.

5. Take a trip through history at the Cultural Centre

Fun for the whole family, the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre gives takes visitors through the incredible history of the island, educating them on everything from the UNESCO-listed beaches to the countless wildlife that calls K’gari home.

Where is K’gari?

You’ll find K’gari (Fraser Island) off the southeast coast of the Wide Bay-Burnett region.

The best way to get there is to take a barge from Rainbow Beach or River Heads at Hervey Bay, about 300 kilometres north of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane.

 

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FEATURE PHOTO: The famous Maheno shipwreck located just north of Happy Valley on K’gari (Fraser Island) was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1935. Shutterstock

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Attention travellers: Are you looking for a Fraser Island adventure?

IT’S NO secret that Fraser Island is one of Australia’s top tourist destinations, and as such the world’s largest sand island is well-advertised across the world for adventure.

But when 9-year-old Hayden gasped in awe of his Fraser Island adventure, you could be sure it came with a child-like honesty and conviction.

Fraser Island adventure is simply the best, says Hayden

“This is the best trip ever!” Hayden exclaimed after just one night at Eurolie on Fraser Island, a place also known as K’gari by the traditional owners.

Now, you might think Hayden’s experience with holidays might be limited since he’s nine years of age, but my second grandson has been around a ridge or three.

He’s slept under the stars at Charleville, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Noosa, Airlie Beach, plus a few other places, courtesy of his mum and dad’s “Taj Mahal” of camper trailers.

But sleeping in the games room of a two-story house next to his big brother and with a pool table, a stack of games and bathroom, all within easy reach, was simply the best.

After walking up the internal stairs that lead to a spacious lounge room with another television and more games, plus three bedrooms and another two bathrooms, we had one excited lad.

Then there was the breakfast table, dining table, huge open-plan kitchen with a walk-in pantry and fridge that we’d stocked with goodies, and a large island bench with four bar stools.

Looking through the wall-to-wall windows, we could see across a timber deck to a forest with trees that teased us with branches gently swaying enough to reveal glimpses of the ocean beyond.

 

Fraser Island Kookaburra

A kookaburra visits Eurolie on High a Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia.

 

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Discovering wildlife so close

Kookaburras sat in the deck’s timber railings, so close we could almost pat them if we dared. Not us, though – we valued our fingers!

From the deck, we also spotted the occasional goanna foraging for food in the forest’s undergrowth and heard possums in the treetops at night.

Eurolie on High is nestled amongst tall red gum and paperbark trees, towards the top of Kingfisher Heights, just a few kilometres behind Kingfisher Bay Resort.

The home has an air-conditioner but with cool sea breezes and living areas that are cool in summer and warm in winter, there’s little need for its use.

Our accommodation, the holiday home of Kevin and Sandra Alexander, was our base for a week of adventure on Fraser Island.

Hayden travelled there with his dad, mum and three siblings, who were just as excited as he but not as vocal.

Adventure to remember

A barge carried their Toyota Prado from Inskip Point to the eastern side of the island where they drove along 75 Mile Beach to Eurong Beach Resort, and then across the island to Kingfisher Bay Resort.

A friend and I also came by a barge that took us from Riverheads to the jetty near Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Over the next few days, we visited iconic places including Lake McKenzie, which is famous pure white silica sand and crystal clear waters.

We also went to Eli Creek, where about four million litres of clear freshwater are pumped into the ocean every hour, and the famous Maheno Shipwreck just north of Happy Valley on 75 Mile Beach.

The kids were even lucky enough to spot some wild dingoes, from the safety of the Prado, wandering along 75 Mile Beach.

Our week was short but wonderfully eventful and one to be remembered for a long time to come.

Fraser Island - Eurolie on High

Eurolie on High, Kingfisher Bay Resort, K’Gari (Fraser Island), Queensland

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Toogoom RSL opens restored Vietnam shed

A shed destined for the Vietnam war is now basking in the Queensland sun after 45 years in storage at the Wallangarra Army base on the New South Wales border.

The shed that was to be used as a soldiers’ mess hall on the battlefields of Vietnam now stands proudly at the beach-side town of Toogoom located 16km from Hervey Bay.

Toogoom and District RSL Sub Branch president Ken Higgins said the shed was among hundreds manufactured for the Australian Army during the Vietnam conflict that ran between 1962 and 1972.

“These sheds were widely used as food and recreation halls,” the Vietnam veteran said.

“At Nui Dat  we had one the same as this with a veranda at each end. We played darts at one end and at the other, the corporal ran the bar.

“By 1971, Australia was starting to pull out of Vietnam. These sheds were still being manufactured and stockpiled at Wallangarra. Many became surplus.

“We got onto this one through military contacts and just before last Anzac Day (2014) the army built it as an exercise, sending a dozen soldiers, an engineer and a cook up here.”

The Toogoom Community Hall became a small army base where the soldiers showered and ate while camping nearby during the construction period.

Local volunteers painted the building and lined it with the hardwood tongue and groove packing cases in which it came.

“The hardwood timber we put in added to the bracing. It’s so strong that it’s cyclone proof and authorities want to use it as an emergency centre,” Mr Higgins said.

“It’s self-contained and wired for a generator. If the power goes out we just turn the generator on and everything runs as normal.

“So if we do have a disaster such as a flood or a cyclone, people can at least come here, get a meal and be comfortable out of the weather.”

 

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Tribute to the Vietnam war

Officially opened on Sunday, June 14, 2015, the old-but-new shed is a tribute to the Vietnam war.

“The Toogoom sub-branch is proud of its new home,” Mr Higgins said.

“It is expected to be on the proposed Fraser Coast Military Trail from Maryborough to Hervey Bay and Toogoom.

“This is not about talking war; there’s nothing glorious about war. We want to make this a pleasant, enjoyable place to come to and be used by all and sundry. Army base; soldiers’ mess hall; battlefields of Vietnam; Toogooom & District RSL Sub Branch; Hervey Bay; Queensland; Nui Dat;

“Cadets will use it and we plan to run community health programs and have speakers come here to talk about such things as rural fire fighting and first aid.

“Since we got our shed, men’s shelters, sporting clubs and Scouts have been putting them up in other places across Australia.

“It’s amazing that in 2015 as we commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings and 50 years since the middle of the Vietnam war, these sheds built by Lysaght then are now seeing daylight and that company is still one big family.

“It’s a pretty impressive performance. The steel came out of the packing in good nick – there was no rust. Almost everyone who comes in says: ‘Just look how thick that steel is!'”

The Vietnam memorial at Toogoom is expected to be a highlight on the proposed Fraser Coast Military Trail that also takes in Maryborough’s military museum, cenotaph and memorial gates, airport, air raid shelter and Duncan Chapman Memorial as well as the Z Force training ground on Fraser Island.

 

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